Artist-run initiatives are about people, about who is prepared to do what. We are not in a place where there’s a major arts institution pouring out energetic young artists to support an initiative like this. But we’ve had terrific public support in the past and we look forward to that continuing. Artist-run spaces do come and go, but I don’t think this one should [go], because it contributes so significantly to the cultural life of Alice Springs.
- Pam Lofts, artist and founding member
Watch This Space has had a prolific and meaningful impact on the arts ecology of Central Australia over 24 years of multi-disciplinary contemporary and experimental arts activities.
Alice Springs/Mparntwe has a unique positioning in Australian cultural, geographical and historical contexts, making it an important place for contemporary art production. As an Artist-run initiative (ARI), and in a location that lacks a peak arts institution, WTS has provided a constructive and supportive environment for artists to develop, collaborate and experiment through exhibitions, artist residencies, artist camps, festivals, offsite projects and an on-site studio community. We have fostered partnerships with other community and arts organisations, and developed strong relationships with traditional cultural custodians of Mparntwe (Alice Springs).
We hope to grow our capacity and continue to nurture a dynamic, artistic and sustainable community and contemporary arts practices that challenges and inspires.
In 2017, Watch This Space relocated to its current home at 8 Gap Road. The space is equipped with a range of facilities to present and explore diverse artistic practices.
Our site includes:
A large gallery space with sprung floor
The Pantry: small exhibition space for video and experimental installations
Sound studio for musicians and sound artists
5 onsite studios for local artists
1 studio for Travelling Artists in Residence
An outdoor area for events, performances and making
Onsite bathroom and kitchen facilities
Banner image: Belly exhibition curated by Zoya Godoroja-Prieckaerts. Image features works by Claire Capel-Stanely and Aoife Milson.
Photo credit: Pete Raftos